North Branch River Park
What We Did
Added 152 acres of public land in Vermont’s capital city
Provide walkable and bikeable access to the outdoors in an urban setting
In Vermont, there are endless trails for hikers, bikers, dog walkers and anyone else who wants to get outside. But often they’re in fairly remote locations—prompting the need for trails and open spaces within towns and cities. Enter the North Branch River Park, a network of trails, parks, and open land in Vermont’s capital city of Montpelier.
This space is critical for the citizens of Montpelier and visitors alike. Whether it’s space for a kid learning to ride a bike or an elder resident taking a relaxing walk, the recreation area promotes laid-back outdoor exploration right in town. Expanding its footprint has always been a priority for city organizers. In 1995, Trust for Public Land worked with Montpelier Conservation Commission, Vermont Land Trust, and East Montpelier Trails Association to add 152 acres to the North Brand Recreation Area. Decades later, this public space is thriving more than ever.
There’s always a need for outdoor recreation in beautiful, faraway places. But sometimes, it’s these community-centered green spaces that can make the most impact.
Hubbard Park & North Branch River Park